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Fifth Buddhist Council

Source : U Silananda

  • Date : April 5, 1871 (*)
  • Place : Mandalay (Burma)
  • King : Mindon
  • Leader : Jagara Thera
  • Number of Monks : 2400
  • Duration : 5 months (recitation)
    Began on April 14, 1871
    Ended on September 9, 1871
  • Accomplishment : Reaffirmed the Texts accepted at the previous Councils and wrote them on 729 marble slabs.

References :

  • Burmese Chronicles

(*) 1853 – 59 Writing on palm leaves in gold-color ink, ink and stylus – over 200 volumes.

Began writing on marble slabs on October 26, 1859.
Ended writing on marble slabs on May 4, 1868 .
Took 7 years, 6 months and 19 days.

Seven books of Abidhamma on 208 slabs.

Slab size : 5 feet high, 3 feet across, 5 inches thick and about 90 lines long

Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” named it the “Largest Book in the World”.

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